Harmful chemicals found dumped near Veterans Way in Islandia

The contaminated soil is around 6 affordable homes built for returning veterans. (6/11/14)

ISLIP - Tests confirm toxic chemicals have been found at another site in the town of Islip.

According to the district attorney's office, testing at Veterans Way in Islandia found levels of pesticides, metals and petroleum byproducts in the soil that could be hazardous or acutely hazardous.

The contaminated soil is around six affordable homes built for returning veterans.

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This is the fourth site in Suffolk where hazardous materials have been confirmed during an investigation into illegal dumping in the town of Islip and Babylon.

All of those sites were discovered after the initial investigation found contaminants at Roberto Clemente Park in Brentwood. Suffolk County District Attorney Tom Spota said last month that people who were at these sites may be at risk.

So far, no one has been charged for the illegal dumping, but the town has named the Datre Company in writing in connection with the scandal.

District Attorney Spota says all of the debris will have to be removed from the parks and the housing development.

However, at this point, there is no set timetable for when the contaminants will be cleaned up because there's an approval process that needs to work its way through the DEC.

A statement from Tom Datre Jr.'s attorney says that the company is proud to have participated in such a worthwhile project for veterans. He added that all work was done according to law and with the best intentions, and that the company never broke environmental or any other laws.

 

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